Finding the golden ratio of online vs in-person classes

November 1, 2017

“Is there a tipping point at which students who take a blend of online and in-person coursework are doing too much online?” asks Beth McMurtrie. This single question gets to the heart of what some scholars have called the “online paradox,” which goes as follows: community-college students in the US who take an online course are more likely to fail than those who take the course face-to-face, yet students who take some online classes are more likely to complete their degrees than are those who do not take any. This paradox has led some researchers to seek out what the ideal ratio of online to in-person classes might be. Chronicle of Higher Education